Gamenight: Panthers lead Buffalo 2-1 after twenty minutes

March 2, 2018
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Aaron Ekblad gave the Panthers their second lead of the night with a goal late in the first period. The Sabres trail Florida 2-1 after the opening period. Check back throughout the game for updates.

Michael Matheson opened the scoring just a minute and a half into the game for the Panthers. The came after Florida won an offensive zone face-off, and moved the puck from one side of the ice to the other. Jamie McGinn and Jared McCann assisted on Matheson's ninth goal of the season. However, four minutes later the blue and gold would answer. Good passing by Buffalo resulted in Sam Reinhart's 15th goal of the season. Ryan O"Reilly made the pass that helped get James Reimer out of position, both O'Reilly and Victor Antipin were given assists on the goal that made it 1-1 in the opening period.

Another offensive zone face-off win by Florida helped the team score late in the opening period to take a 2-1 lead over Buffalo. Aaron Ekblad received a pass from fellow rear guard Keith Yandle to score his 13th goal of the season. Yandle and Evgenii Dadonov received assists on the goal. 

Scoring Summary

Goal Summary

First Period 

BUF: 5:34 - Sam Reinhart (15) (Ryan O'Reilly, Victor Antipin)
FLA: 1:25 - Michael Matheson (9) (Jame McGinn, Jared McCann). 16:41 - Aaron Ekblad (13) (Keith Yandle, Evgenii Dadonov)

Penalty Summary

First Peroiod

BUF: 16:37 - Jordan Nolan (5 min., fighting)
FLA: Michael Haley (5 min., fighting)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 9, FLA - 11